GOP ready to weaponize Green New Deal for 2020
A Senate aide tells Axios that President Trump said he wants to run on the Green New Deal in 2020.
What he's saying: While speaking at Tuesday's Senate Republican lunch, Trump said, "You guys have done a great job on the Green New Deal. But don't kill it too badly, because I want to run on this" in 2020.
Driving the news: No Senate Democrat voted for a Green New Deal resolution when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought it up for a vote — even though all the 2020 candidates are co-sponsors.
- Most Dems voted "present" (neither for nor against), because they thought McConnell was trying to trap them — to put them on the record so they can be held accountable in campaigns. Four senators in the Democratic caucus voted no.
Be smart: They're right.
- "It couldn’t have gone better for us," said a Senate Republican leadership aide. "Everyone’s happy this got a vote and that it was unanimously rejected by the Senate."
- So that's the Republicans' message: The Senate unanimously rejected the Green New Deal, one of Democrats' defining policies of 2020.
Editor's note: This piece was corrected to show all 2020 Dem candidates are co-sponsors (not all Democrats) and to add there were 4 in the Dem caucus who voted no.